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Aligning Maynooth University's Accredited Teaching and Learning Programmes with the National Professional Development Framework: Reflections on our journey so far

Author Morag Munro, Barbara Dignam
Abstract In 2016, Ireland's National Forum for Teaching and Learning launched the National Professional Development Framework (PD Framework) for all staff who teach in Irish Higher Education. With this in mind, Maynooth University's Centre for Teaching and Learning (MU CTL) has recently undertaken a comprehensive review of its accredited professional development programmes in learning and teaching, the Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning for Tutors and Demonstrators (PCTL) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education (PGDHE), in order to fully align them with the PD Framework. In the current paper we outline the benchmarking and alignment process undertaken; discuss the role of stakeholder engagement in the process; reflect on lessons learned to date; and detail future plans for the development of a toolkit aimed at supporting institutions or programme teams who wish to align their accredited teaching and learning programmes with the PD Framework.
Keywords National PD Framework, Continuous Professional Development, Accredited Teaching and Learning Programmes, Programme Review, Outcomes-based Evaluation
Published In ICEP Proceedings
Year 2017
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